A dilemma has been plaguing me all TV season. I had been watching "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" on ABC but like a lot of people it just wasn't working for me. That got me wondering why not and what I would have preferred they'd done with the show. I didn't really have an answer until last Wednesday when I watched the "Suicide Squad" episode of CW's "Arrow."
In the comic book world the Suicide Squad is a group of DC villains who are captured by the government and forced into working for the side of law & order. I'm sure over the years there's been a lot of incarnations of the group. On "Arrow" it was the assassin Deadshot, the knife-wielding maniac Bronze Tiger, the Arrow's bodyguard/ex-soldier John Diggle, and his ex-wife/government agent Lila. They have to go to Markova to find some kind of nerve gas before it can be used to kill a bunch of people.
The episode itself was probably only a 3/5 in my book. It probably needed to be two parts an I would have liked to see more Bronze Tiger, but the potential was definitely there. If (or when) they make a spin-off series I would definitely want to watch.
As I said, when I was watching it occurred to me this is what the SHIELD show should have been. Agents who can kick a lot of ass going around doing secret spy stuff. Not goofy hipsters flying around doing bullshit X-Files ripoffs. There is no doubt that in a crossover the Suicide Squad would whoop the hell out of SHIELD because half the SHIELD team is absolutely useless in a fight.
That was the answer to the riddle of how to "fix" SHIELD, at least for me. I mean I like Coulson but what they needed were characters more like Black Widow and Nick Fury--at least the comic book Nick Fury because the movie one hasn't done a lot so far except boss people around. I want characters who can kick a lot of ass. Or to put it another way, I'd prefer the A-Team to Scooby-Doo. I don't think I'm alone on that score.
I remember an article said somewhat mockingly, "What do you want, a bunch of C-list heroes?" Not really. I don't really need people in capes and tights or with superpowers. I think the Suicide Squad episode proved you don't need capes or superpowers; just regular badasses will do fine.
Because I can't resist a good shameless plug, I did a Suicide Squad thing of my own in the third Girl Power book, League of Evil. Basically imagine if when the world was in a crisis Robin goes out and recruits Iron Man, Black Widow, and a dialed-down Hulk (only if they were all evil) and they fight other villains to save the day. None of those characters had superpowers per se; the Hulk-ish character is more of a Missing Link.
Anyway, it's probably too late to save Agents of SHIELD, at least for me. I'll just have to wait for a Suicide Squad show in the future.